Minority Governments in Comparative Perspective

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Publication Date 2022
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Approximately one-third of parliamentary democracies are or are typically ruled by a minority government - a situation where the party or parties represented at cabinet do not between them hold a majority of seats in the national legislature. Minority governments are particularly interesting in parliamentary systems, where the government is politically responsible to parliament, can be removed by it, and needs (majority) support in the parliament to legislate.

The chapters in this volume explore and analyse the formation, functioning, and performance of minority governments, what we term the whyhow, and how well. The volume begins with overviews of the concept of and puzzles surrounding minority governments in parliamentary systems, and establishes the current terms of the debate. In the thirteen chapters that follow, leading country experts present in-depth case studies that provide rich, contextualized analyses of minority governments in different settings. The final chapter draws broader, comparative-based conclusions from the country studies that push the literature forward and outline directions for future research on minority governments.

Table of Contents:

  • Part I - Introduction
    • The Politics of Minority Government | Bonnie N. Field & Shane Martin
    • The Why, How, and How Well of Minority Governments | Bonnie N. Field & Shane Martin
  • Part II - Where Minority Governments are Predominant
    • Minority Governments in India: Party System Federalization and the Emergence of Contract Parliamentarism | Csaba Nikolenyi
    • Norway: A Land of Minority Governments | Kaare W. Strøm
    • Minority Governments in Romania: A Case of Stable Instability | Veronica Anghel
    • Minority Governments in Spain: Government Strengthening Institutions in a Multilevel State | Bonnie N. Field
    • Minority Governments in Sweden: Majority Cabinets in Disguise | Hanna Bäck & Johan Hellström
  • Part III - Where Minority Governments are Common
    • Minority Governments in Canada: Stability through Voting Alliances | Jean-François Godbout & Christopher Cochrane
    • Minority Governments in France: A Mix of Presidential and Parliamentary Logics | Olivier Rozenberg
    • Ireland: Minority Government with a Majoritarian Twist | Liam Weeks
    • Minority Governments in Italy: From Structural Stability to Political Change | Daniela Giannetti
    • Minority Governments in Poland: Governing after Crisis with Ad Hoc Majorities | Radoslaw Zubek
    • Minority Governments in Portugal: Institutions as Solutions to Historical Legacies | Jorge M. Fernandes
  • Part IV - Where Minority Governments are Exceptional
    • Minority Government in Australia: Lesson Learning and Making it Work | Kate Crowley (with Cath Hughes)
    • Minority Governments in the United Kingdom: Nearly-Winning Minorities and Lost Majorities | Andrew Jones & Richard Whitaker
  • Comparative Conclusions on Minority Governments | Bonnie N. Field & Shane Martin
Source Link https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780192871657.001.0001
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London School of Economics (LSE): EUROPP Blog, 18/01/2023: Explaining the role of informal institutions in the formation of minority cabinets in Romania https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2023/01/18/explaining-the-role-of-informal-institutions-in-the-formation-of-minority-cabinets-in-romania/

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